October 24, 2014

NYS Judge Dismisses Lawsuits Challenging Fracking Delay

Judge dismisses a pair of lawsuits that sought to force Gov. Cuomo to decide whether to authorize shale-gas drilling in NY
By Jon Campbell, Politics on the Hudson, July 14, 2014

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A state judge on Monday dismissed a pair of lawsuits that sought … Continue reading

NY Communities Triumph Over Fracking Industry In Precedent-Setting Case

Victory: As NY high court rules towns can zone out oil and gas operations, trend spreads to other states
By Chris Jordan-Bloch, Earthjustice, June 30, 2014

Local communities have triumphed over the fracking industry in precedent-setting case decided today by the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court.… Continue reading

Federal Court Rules FERC Violated Federal Law When Issued Approvals for NEUP Pipeline Project

Joint Press Release: Delaware Riverkeeper Network, New Jersey Highlands Coalition and New Jersey Sierra Club

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In a decision issued June 6, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, ruled that the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, the NJ Sierra … Continue reading

Corbett’s Own Witness Lukewarm to More Gas Leasing in State Forests and Parks

It’s bad when your own witness doesn’t really support you, and that was Governor Tom Corbett’s case in Commonwealth Court
By Donald Gilliland, The Patriot-News, June 3, 2014

Frack WellIt’s bad when your own witness doesn’t really support you, and that was Governor Tom Corbett’s case in Commonwealth Court on Tuesday.… Continue reading

Couple Sues Ohio to Stop Fracking Beneath Lake

Couple’s suit against state’s fracking lease gets OK to proceed
By John Futty, The Columbus Dispatch, April 9, 2014

An important first step to challenge what has become a wholesale give-away of Ohio to the drilling interests

A Franklin County judge has ruled that a Guernsey County couple can move … Continue reading

WY Court Rejects Fracking Industry Argument to Withhold Chemicals As Trade Secrets

Litigation continues to better identify the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing
By Earth Justice, March 12, 2014

Today, the Wyoming Supreme Court issued its decision in a case where Powder River Basin Resource Council and other groups challenged the Wyoming Oil and Gas Commission’s withholding of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) chemical … Continue reading

Major Solar Energy Plan for MN Wins Support Over Gas

Experts say decision marks turning point and believe 2014 will be ‘exciting year’ for solar power
by Amel Ahmed, Al Jazerra America, January 2, 2014

Read More: Massive Minnesota Solar Project Gets Major Legal Boost

SolarIn an unprecedented decision, a Minnesota judge this week held that utility supplier Xcel Energy … Continue reading

PA Supreme Court Strikes Down Controversial Portions of Act 13

The court held that portions of the law dealing with restrictions on local zoning violate Pennsylvania’s constitution
By Marie Cusick, StateImpact, December 19, 2013

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Wastewater Case Raises the Concept of Underground Trespassing

A case worth watching with obvious implications for fracking wells that contaminate adjacent well water and underground water sources. Could be very big for PA.
By Jim Malewitz, The Texas Tribune, December 6, 2013

A case involving the disposal of industrial wastewater pits two interests that are dear to many … Continue reading

In Texas Water Contamination Case, the Fire Still Burns

Steve Lipsky can light his water on fire
By Mike Soraghan, E & E Publishing, November 25, 2013

Steve Lipsky Lights His Water

Steve Lipsky Lights His Water

Steve Lipsky can light his water on fire.

It’s been said more than once, by people who should know, that he can’t do this. But, earlier this … Continue reading